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The story of young Tookie, who has a rough start in life. We learn how Tookie was pushed around through "the system" the horrors she endured and how she turns out in the end.
A thought-provoking story told through Toolkie voice from four years old until her teens. Her life was not easy, and she struggles to stay grounded and as normal as possible. We see the effects of living with a drug addict mother, then in foster care.
I strongly recommend My Name is Tookie to readers of all genres. The cover is beautiful and (in my opinion) captures Tookie as I imagined she would look like.
The theme of this novel is abuse which it sadly depicts in its various forms: incest, rape, neglect, abuse of authority, substance abuse/addiction, sexual abuse/addiction, child abuse, pornography, self-abuse, parental abuse, and emotional abuse. It is certainly a relevant and recurrent theme in today’s headlines especially in relationship with institution’s, groups or persons who in a position of power are supposed to alleviate these things but instead exacerbate them. In the novel these take the form of the Child Protective Services (CPS), foster care system, the police, and irresponsible caregivers. We also see in the novel this as breaking news on the television, child abuse. Also, as the protagonist gets older gender identity becomes an issue that she wrestles with however the author through same character interjects that it has nothing to do the sexual abuse she has suffered. Unfortunately, we see that through Tookie’s life many types of abuse that are overlooked, passed off, responded to too late, or ignored. By this, the author implies that it does take a community to be responsible to raise a child; everyone plays a vital part and should be morally compelled to comply. The grandmother, Nieva, serves her part in this great endeavor; she is a bulwark of strength, security and love throughout.
The point-of-view is primarily first person. I find that the writing is inconsistent at times. Overall, it is simply written from a child’s age/perspective and at other times it brings in an erudite word like “harrumphed” or shocks the reader with adult vulgarity in the form of cussing both cases experienced with the character Kieran. There are a few grammatical errors most of which I overlooked but one caused me to halt reading altogether.
Personally I found the book to be dark and depressing although true to life. I did not enjoy the book because of its theme and moral denouement. The relationship Tookie has with her good friend Kieran is predictable as is the outcome of her process of self-discovery with a very modern twist. Overall, I believe that Tookie desperately needed not only psychologically help but spiritual deliverance. To me the end of the book was abrupt and disappointing. It left me hanging there wondering whether pages were missing. In sum, this novel gets one to think about the various malevolent effects of abuse which can lead to some serious and possibly irreversible individual and societal consequences.
I didn’t enjoy this storyline even though I know it plays a big part in so many people’s lives. Thank God this was only a fictional story. Even still, it should be read to clue up on some of the key warnings or signs of any abuse. Sexual or drug related or even drink related. What is going on behind closed doors as it is normally hidden quite well from the public eye and this was a powerful read as it explores one young girls need to find her own identity. Reviewed by Jennifer
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Ms. Walker really writes a spellbinding tale with My Name is Tookie. I was mesmerized reading Tookie's harrowing tale from young child to young adult. I would have given this five stars, but I felt like the ending was a bit of a let down. I was glad to see Tookie accept herself, but it could have went much farther than it did. This book is filled with triggers for sexual and drug abuse, among others. This is the second book of Ms. Walker's I've read, and she is definetly an author to watch. Four out of five stars!
Tookie is a mixed race child whose mother turns to drugs to forget her own torturous past. At age 4, Tookie is molested by one of her Mom's many man friends and it leaves her (Tookie) in a state of inconsolable indifference. She is then sent back to her loving grandmother. After, much counseling. she gets to wondering about her sexual preference. Finally at the age of 15, she comes to the conclusion of what she really is.
I would like to see a sequence to this book. It kind of leaves the reader wondering how she turned out in later life.